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Current 3D video applications require the availability of depth information, that can be acquired real-time by stereo vision systems and Time-of-Flight (ToF) cameras. We consider an heterogeneous acquisition system, made of two high resolution standard cameras L, R (stereo pair) and one ToF camera T. The stereo system and the ToF camera must be properly calibrated together in order to jointly operate. We introduced a generalized multi-camera calibration technique. We derived a probabilistic fusion algorithm that allow us to obtain high quality depth information from the information of both the ToF camera and the stereo-pair.

- Paper [1] and [2] provide a general formalization of the data fusion problem. The fusion algorithm is derived in a probabilistic setup, that allows the decoupling of the information from the stereo pair and the information from the ToF camera. Accurate models for the measurement errors of the stereo and ToF systems are derived and then used into the probabilistic fusion framework. Paper [2] presents a simpler version of the approach based on a local ML optimization. In paper [1] we introduced a more advanced measurement error model accounting for the mixed pixels effect together with a global MAP-MRF optimization scheme using an extended version of Loopy Belief Propagation with site-dependent labels.

- Paper [3] provides an Amplitude Modulation transmission model for the ToF camera T.

- Paper [4] provides a different approach for the fusion of the two data sources that extends the locally consistent framework used in stereo vision to the case where two different depth data sources are available.

- Paper [5] extends the framework of paper [4] by introducing novel confidence measures for the stereo and ToF data and using them to drive the locally consistent fusion process

In order to test the effectiveness of our algorithm, we created synthetic datasets with ground-truth, available here (dataset of papers 2-3) and here (dataset of paper 4).


Related Papers:

      [1] C. Dal Mutto, P. Zanuttigh, G.M.Cortelazzo
-------- "
Probabilistic ToF and Stereo Data Fusion Based on Mixed Pixels Measurement Models"
-------- Accepted for publication on IEEE Transaction on
Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, 2015
-------- [ Paper Page ]

----[2] C. Dal Mutto, P. Zanuttigh, G.M.Cortelazzo
-------- "A Probabilistic Approach to ToF and Stereo Data Fusion"
-------- 3DPVT10 (IEEE)
-------- Paris, France, May 2010.
-------- [ BibRef ] [ Dataset Page ]

----[3] C. Dal Mutto, P. Zanuttigh, G.M.Cortelazzo
-------- "Accurate 3D Reconstruction by Stereo and ToF Data Fusion" (BEST PAPER AWARD)
-------- GTTI Meeting 2010
-------- Brescia, Italy, June 2010.
-------- [ BibRef ] [ Dataset Page ] [ Presentation

    [4]  C. Dal Mutto, P. Zanuttigh, S. Mattoccia, G.M. Cortelazzo
          "Locally Consistent ToF and Stereo Data Fusion"
          ECCV 2012 Workshop on Consumer Depth Cameras for Computer Vision (CDC4CV)  
--------Florence, Italy, October 2012.
-------- [ Dataset Page ]

   [5]   G. Marin, P. Zanuttigh, S. Mattoccia
           "Reliable Fusion of ToF and Stereo Depth Driven by Confidence Measures"
           accepted for publication at ECCV 2016.
           [Paper Page]



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